Specific thanks go out to Kell H, GypsyR and mjb1032.
For those not really interested in the whole background, perosonal bio, build up here, jump straight to the pics, they'll be up soon.
So a little background info, saw my first Mustang at a pretty young age, throwing my paper route I saw a really cool car that made me stop and check it out for a pretty good while, as soon as I got home, I asked my dad to drive me back over to it and tell me what kind of car it was.
Don't remember the year, but it was a 64 - 68 Coupe, black, Gabriel Hi Jackers, traction bars, Cragars, 60's series fat rubber in the rear and glass packs as I was to learn later; rember this was late 70's, trust me all you young guys, these were all obligatory add ons back in the 70's and 80's!
Dad told me about the car and at that very moment I knew what my first car was going to be. For whatever reason, there was a Fastback not very far from the Coupe that really did nothing for me, for me it was the Coupe or bust.
During this same time period I went to stay with friends in Texas for a few weeks, they were a few years older and took me to my first Cruise Area, I had never heard of such a thing,..Holey crap, there more cool than I can remember seeing in my whole life, I was in heaven! When I returned home I promptly when out to the old work truck and removed the carb, for a rebuild job,...of course I had no idea what I was doing,..Dad to the rescue, he had to show me how to clean it up and rebuild it. Note to self it actually helps to know what you are doing and have parental advice before performing unplanned and unsupervised engine work.
Damn was I suprised to find out that right here in my own back yard, we had our own Cruise Area, the Lakefront,..again I was in heaven. Dad took me out there a few times,..pretty cool dad, only 20 years older with a 55 Chevy and 62 Vette as prior cars when he was younger, he fully understood!
Fast forward 5 years or so and I bough my first car 67 coupe, had that a year or so, did all of the above mentioned cool add-ons,..then got hit by an old lady,..totalled car. You've maybe never seen a 17 year old kid cry so hard.
Next car was going to be a Mustang, this time a 71 Coupe, did all the same cool add-ons, this time added a Holley manifold and 4 barrel set up,..bam, it wasn't very long before I was hit again,..another totalled car!
After that I went through a few more cars, Vette, Camaro, adding all of the previously cool add-ons but adding more each time as my expience grew, cams, shift kit.
As time went on, I kinda out grew the grease monkey stage, went to college, Sheriff's Office, Marine Corps, married, kids, hot rods were the last of my concerns or interests. Long story short, a year or so ago my son, 14, was looking through an old scrapbook of past cars,.."Dad, these old cars were yours?! Man are they're cool looking, you never told me you used to be cool".
Hummmm, maybe he's ready for a little hot rodding himself. Lemme start looking into first gen Mustangs,...Holey crap, these things are expensive, back in the day I got my 67 for $600.00 in GREAT condition, now that'll cost you $5,00 plus and all you get for $1,500 is a project beater. Mom wasn't real eager to see me dragging home a big ole pile of SHEET, she never knew me back in the day when I had one hand under the car at all times and grease under each and every fingernail.